VAMPIRES ARE EASY, RIGHT?
Before I started to write Kiss of the Rose, I’d written a few historical romances, some contemporaries and a couple of futuristics, so I wasn’t terribly worried about writing a paranormal. That was until I started writing it. With this particular series I needed to establish the worlds of the Tudors, the Druids and the Vampires, as well as an external plot, riveting characters and a love story- easy peasy in 85K words, right? The Tudors of course, came with their real history, but my version of the Vampire world was tied in with the world of the Druids.
I did a lot of reading which included a Dummy’s Guide to Vampires, (very interesting btw). I studied Tudor politics at college, and I’m from England originally, so I had a fair understanding of that time period. I’d come across the Druids in my archaeology classes, and the Vampires I’d read about in many formats from the classic myths through to Anne Rice and J R Ward. But I wanted my Vampires to be unique to my world and that meant a meshing up between the legends of Druid’s performing human sacrifices and Vampires drinking human blood.
I’ve heard many authors say that creating a historical world is similar to creating a paranormal world and I’d agree with that. Consistency and logic are key, Even supernatural things have to make some kind of sense and shouldn’t be subject to change. That always bugs me as a reader when a world is set up with certain boundaries, and then those boundaries change to accommodate new plot problems or characters. There are ways to subvert those borders but not by throwing them out completely.
Kiss of the Rose needed a lot of behind-the-scenes work to establish those three worlds without overwhelming the reader or drowning the central romance of the characters. And when I say a lot of work, I mean there was crying and gnashing of teeth and thoughts of returning NAL’s money because I felt I could never get it right. Luckily my critique partners persuaded me to keep going
Writing the second book proved much easier once those restrictions were established. Now I just have to remember them. Some authors create a world-bible of their paranormal worlds and I can see why. I’m not the world’s greatest note taker, but, for this complex world? I think I’m going to have to become one. ☺
Blurb: First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII
Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the English crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids that bound him and his heirs to the Druid’s deadly struggle against the Vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, an ancient Vampire slaying family, have been in the permanent employ of the monarchy.
Now Henry VIII is on the throne, and his father’s bargain has almost been forgotten. Until corpses drained of blood start turning up in the most inappropriate of places, including the king’s bedchamber. But are these people the victims of the Vampires-or of the Druids?
To save the king from a nameless assassin, Rosalind Llewellyn, Vampire hunter extraordinaire, must form an uneasy alliance with a known Druid slayer. Sir Christopher Ellis hails from a family that has protected the Vampires for centuries, yet Rosalind has no choice but to rely on his help. And with her life threatened and her loyalty tested, Rosalind may even have to acknowledge the unthinkable. This sworn enemy may be her soul mate.
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